The last time I featured interior designer Laura Stephens’ work it was a quintessential English townhouse. All wallpaper and chintz, overstuffed armchairs and family antiques, lamps with pleated shades on tables, entry hallways leading the eye to stairs with runners, country-style kitchens and roll-top baths. Now if we just add a Cotswold stone historic cottage in an area of outstanding beauty, what do you get? Why just about everyone’s vision of the perfect country bolthole. Welcome to Well Cottage in the Cotswolds.
It’s the meeting of two halves. It’s traditional and contemporary, country and coastal, colour and pattern, farmhouse and now event and accommodation space. The whole is a country house chock full of personality and style, strong and bold. Greyleigh in Kiama north of Sydney by Duet.
Photography by Anson Smart
“SWDS was enlisted to create the interiors and exterior living spaces of this brilliant Taalman Koch Architecture project. The steel, glass and concrete home, sits on the side of the mountain overlooking Santa Barbara and the ocean. The clients love to entertain family and friends, and were committed to the ideal of true indoor outdoor living. They also, wanted a warm and rustic feel, rather than the typical austere choices that are typically made with this type of architecture.”
Simply elegant living with a mid century modern vibe. West Mountain by Sarah Walker Design Studio.
A celebration of the beauty of age, of patina, of a wonky wall and a sloping floor. A sympathetic embrace of history, a simple life, solid comfort and cosiness. The old is new but not made new. For me, it’s love at first sight. New England farmhouse by Los Angeles interior designer Kristen Panitch.
Heidi Woodman and her team from Indianapolis-based Haus Love have created a moody and masculine home that is timeless and organic. Timber and stone, natural textiles and black accents are the basis of this sophisticated Mediterranean style home. Stay tuned for phase 2 of this design.